After both teams scored three runs in the first inning, the Toronto Blue Jays put a couple of more runs on the board late to beat the Red Sox 6-4 in the Rogers Centre on Wednesday night.
The Red Sox struck early, putting up a three-spot in the top of the first inning on David Ortiz’s three-run homer off eventual winnings pitcher R.A. Dickey. Ortiz now has four homers in his last three contests and reached the 1,500 RBI mark for his career.
It didn’t take long for Toronto to answer as they got three runs of their own in the first off Sox starter Clay Buchholz. The Boston righty gave up RBI-doubles to Jose Bautista and Josh Thole and the score was knotted at three after about 30 total minutes of play.
Boston held the lead shortly after Xander Bogaerts run-scoring double in the top of the fifth, but the Jays took the lead in the bottom of the sixth after a run scored on an error by Bogaerts that allowed Jose Reyes to reach base.
Buchholz finished the night going six innings, surrendering five runs, four of which were earned, on six hits with an ugly four walks while striking out just one Blue Jays hitter. It was his worst outing since returning off the disabled list about a month ago and hopefully it is just a blip on the radar as the Sox need Clay to pitch well to make any sort of playoff push.
The Red Sox will look to tie the four-game set with youngster Rubby De La Rosa taking the ball for John Farrell and the club. De La Rosa has been really good as of late, and it may be time to give him a nickname that could catch on seasons end. Maybe we’ll take a poll on the subject…